In 1989 the State of Wisconsin adopted a recycling law. Beginning in 1995, the disposal of paper products such as newspaper, office paper, magazines and corrugated cardboard and certain containers made from glass, plastic, aluminum and steel are prohibited from being disposed of in landfills.
In addition, the recycling law also prohibited landfill disposal of tires, automotive batteries, oil, appliances and yard wastes such as brush leaves and grass clippings.
In response to the law, Winnebago County constructed the Sunneyview Recycling Facility to provide a centrally located, one stop drop off processing facility which currently servers 94% of the County's population of 150,000 people.
In 2002, Winnebago County joined forces with Outagamie and Brown County for recyclables processing to be more cost effective and efficient. As a result, the Sunnyview Recycling Facility was converted into a transfer station. From 2002 - 2009 recyclable paper was transported to Outagamie County for processing and recyclable containers were transported to Brown County for processing.
On July 1, 2009 the three counties opened a jointly owned Single Stream Recycling Processing Facility in Outagamie County. Now Winnebago County communities collect single stream recycling, which is transported to Outagamie County for processing.
Single Stream Recycling
Now you can add these items to your curb-side collection bin!
Dairy Tubs & Lids
Deli, Bakery & Produce Containers & Lids
If you live in Winnebago County and have a question about what can be recycled in your curb-side pickup please see the New Recycling Guidelines
Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties combine efforts to develop an annual Tri-County Recycling Guide.
The 2015 Tri County Recycling Guide is a go-to resource that is handy to keep around the house. (This is a large publication and may take a few minutes to open.)
Where do I recycle plastic bags?
Plastic bags and film packaging can only be recycled at local retail locations. Please do not include plastic bags or film packaging in your curbside recycling collection bin. To find out more, visit: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/
Appliance, Electronic & Bulb Recycling
Appliances, Electronics (computers and televisions from residential customers only) and Flourescent bulbs can be taken to the landfill convenience area for recycling (check in at the landfill scale). Please view the 2015 Rate Sheet as charges do apply.